The US jobless rate is 3.6%, yet unemployment does not affect zip codes equally. Nationally, marginalized communities experience unemployment at rates of 7-20% and higher poverty due to lacking access to a network, quality jobs, and career pathways. Using a unique jobs-first model, and direct engagement with executive business leaders, Skills staff consult with employers to understand their hiring demands, secure formal commitments to hire, and develop career pathway programs. The Skills model, designed and launched at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) in 2012 and successfully replicated at Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SRIF) in 2016, has placed over 9,000 low-income individuals into jobs. By intentionally scaling expansion in marginalized communities, SCF will replicate the model in 17 sites nationally, putting an additional 10,325 low-income individuals into meaningful employment in the next five years, resulting in an estimated $235MM in new income and increased economic mobility.
Skills for Chicagoland's Futurewebsite: http://www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.org
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